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With today’s competitive real estate market it is always nice to have an “ace in your hand.” One of these is virtual staging. It is very simple.I photograph a vacant room then I create furniture and other “home goods” to make this space look more appealing. This makes it easier for the client to visualize what their new home could look like.

My job as a photographer is to show beautiful images so that the client will click on and look at the whole listing. Too many times you see underexposed, out of focus images online. Our true value is showing clean crisp interiors, dramatic drone shots and smooth looking videos.

I think the only draw back to having virtual staging is that you have to show the client an empty house. But at least you are getting them to the door. This will not replace staging, it will only give the realtor another tool to help sell an empty home.

empty modern type home
voila!! staged modern home

With the upcoming in water Norwalk Boat Show, I thought it would be nice to show Martin Van Breems and his Sound Sailing Center. They operate out of Norwalk Cove Marina so you might get a chance to see him sailing, manning the boats or biking from one end to the other. I photograph many businesses and promote them with my photography. I like to show as much details of what they do. Martin is a fellow Dutchman so we hit it off right away. He is very good at what he does. I spent some time with him while he prepared some boats and even sat in with him while he transferred a large boat to dock. The key to these sessions is making the client feel at ease so you can capture natural images.

images were captured with a leica m9 using no flash
in true dutch fashion, martin uses his bike to get around the marina

I photograph a lot of homes for real estate, architects, builders and interior designers. But here is a first. I was asked to photograph a 2 million dollar sail boat that the client wants to sell.

It was very different from shooting a home. The space was very contained and the ceilings were very low. The boat was in port and I did use a tripod because the boat was so big, it did not move at all. Some images were with tripod and some were hand held and using available light blending with speed lights.

The drone was a different story. I never had flown the drone off of a moving vehicle let alone one in the middle of the ocean. I scouted youtube and talked to a fellow drone operator to get the info on settings and procedure in flying on water. To say it was intense was an understatement, but I did take off, I did get he pictures and I did land it safely. Mission accomplished.

Here is the actual listing

So if you need images of your boat, I am an experienced shooter.

flying with the drone was very intense
dining and lounge area

Did you ever wonder what an abandoned mansion looked like but could not get in? I did. Full access to an abandoned mansion close to down town Westport. This is the former home of Evelyn and Walter Langer inventors of a very popular perfume called White Shoulders.

I was raised in Westport so I know a lot of people here. Greeting me at the door was Bill Frawley He works for the town and had the keys to let me in. I graduated Staples High with his brother Mike. Actually, I went through Saugatuck Elementary and Bedford Middle School as well. Bill took me to the basement and said I should start photographing there. He told me stories how the house was haunted and said he would come back in 2 hours to see if i made it…. or had finished shooting. On his way up the stairs he yelled over his shoulder that he was just kidding.

The house was a little spooky because of drafts which caused doors to move and the furnace to kick in.

Most of the house was shot on tripod with time exposures and available light. In some cases I would use strobes just to fill in dark areas.

I was greeted by a large vulture on top of the roof. He would end up following me around the exterior
nice details of the stairs
details of the texture of the wallpaper
love the “peephole” it was larger than most.
details of the ceiling
spiral staircase
through the windows you can see the Westport Senior Center
again, detail and nice color
my favorite shot
I actually had this type of sink in my first house in Westport
can you say yellow?
love this stove, cool dials
this is where I started… the basement

You only turn 70 once. I am a good event photographer because I am very stealthy. I am really good at working with people and making them have a good time. Feeling comfortable in front of the camera,that sort of thing. I like to mix some classic poses along with a lot of casual candids. This makes the client very very happy.

Jimbo turned 70 and he had a great time. The food was fantastic and the company was even better. I have lived in Westport all my life, so of course I knew a bunch of people at the party.

I love these beans!!
They hired a magician to do amazing card tricks
Jimbo with Roger Ferris (R) Westport Architect

Check out the slideshow below for more images